Lori Laitman: Vedem

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Lori Laitman: Vedem



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26th April 2011




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Lori Laitman: Vedem

Music of Remembrance



Angela Niederloh (mezzo-soprano), Ross Hauck (tenor) & Laura DeLuca (clarinet)

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Mikhail Shmidt (violin), Walter Gray (cello) & Mina Miller (artistic director and piano)


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Every Friday for two years between 1942 and 1944, a group of teenage boy prisoners in the Terezín concentration camp shared their poems, stories and artwork in a secret magazine they called Vedem. Most of those boys perished in the Holocaust, but the pages of their magazine have miraculously been preserved. Inspired by this legacy, American vocal composer Lori Laitman has created an oratorio. Using verses of the boys’ own poetry, this hauntingly beautiful music pays profound tribute to the power of the human spirit. Vedem was commissioned by Music of Remembrance, a Seattle based organization dedicated to remembering Holocaust musicians through their art.

Lori Laitman: Vedem

Part I: The Transports: Hear My Story Now (A Man, Chorus, A Youth, A Woman)

Part I: The Transports: Memories of Prague (Mezzo-soprano)

Part II: Home Number One: Home Number One (Chorus)

Part II: Home Number One: Five (Tenor)

Part III: Vedem: Vedem (Chorus, A Man, A Woman, Boys)

Part III: Vedem: Just a Little Warmth (Mezzo-soprano)

Part III: Vedem: In Terezin The Mind Was Free (Chorus, Boys)

Part III: Vedem: Thoughts (Tenor, Chorus)

Part III: Vedem: Live Leaves about to Fall (Chorus, A Man)

Part III: Vedem: Love in the Floodgates (Tenor)

Part III: Vedem: We were Alive, Approximately (Chorus)

Part IV: A Model Ghetto (Youths, A Woman, A Man, Chorus)

Part V: They Are Gone: They Are Gone (A Rabbi, Chorus)

Part V: They Are Gone: Farewell to Summer (Mezzo-soprano)

Part V: They Are Gone: We Were No Different Than You (A Rabbi, Chorus, A Woman)

Lori Laitman: Fathers

No. 1. Don't Cry, fragment 1

No. 2. You, Father

No. 3. Don't Cry, fragment 2

No. 4. Last Night I Dreamt

No. 5. Don't Cry, fragment 3

No. 6. I Saw My Father Drowning

No. 7. Don't Cry

International Record Review

November 2011

“Laitman's music is emotionally quite neutral, perhaps because the emotions behind the texts speak loudly enough for themselves. It isn't 'difficult' music in any sense, being fairly relaxed and lyrical throughout...Vedem is a work bound to provoke uncomfortable reactions, yet there is an appealing honesty and simplicity in the way the subject matter is treated that makes it quite rewarding and even enjoyable”

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